The State’s Health Order, issued June 11, 2021, lists the California Health and Safety Code provisions that authorize the California Department of Public Health to take action necessary to protect public health. (California Health & Safety Code Sections 120125, 120140, 120175, 120195 and 131080.) Additional authority is provided by Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-60-20, which were issued pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, California Government Code Section 8550 et seq.
Local Health Orders issued by the Marin County Health Officer –- now rescinded -- were issued pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175.
The CDC recommends that anyone who is not fully vaccinated wait until they have completed their vaccination series before making travel plans.
For those who are fully vaccinated and intend to go out of town, here are some simple steps to follow before departing:
- Assess your risk by visiting the CDC COVID-19 Travel recommendations by destinations page.
- Make a digital copy of your vaccination card (such as taking a photo of your card) or download your digital vaccination record.
- Protect your vaccination card by guarding it in a plastic sleeve (lamination is not recommended at this time in case it is determined that a future booster shot is needed)
- Follow the mask mandates & social distancing requirements of the destination
- Know who to contact if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while traveling
- Wear a mask while using public transit (planes, buses, trains)
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms upon returning
For those looking to travel outside of the country, it is imperative that you:
- Contact the Office of Foreign Affairs beforehand
- Review country specific travel vaccination requirements and COVID-19 restrictions
- Review airline specific travel restrictions
Note: It is advised to verify that the information on your digital vaccination record matches your physical vaccination card. The process for correcting any errors takes an average of 2 - 3 weeks, therefore, we recommend checking that your information is correct in advance.
The proclamation of a local emergency is a legal document that mobilizes county resources, accelerates emergency planning, streamlines staffing, coordinates agencies across Marin, allows for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments. This raises awareness throughout Marin about how everyone can prepare and respond to this emergency in order to ensure we are best prepared to address this global outbreak. Marin joined San Francisco, Santa Clara and other counties in the state that have issued similar proclamations to bolster their preparedness and response.
Marin County Public Health is working with elected officials, other city agencies, the public and private health care system, schools, businesses and community organizations to ensure that we as a county are well informed and able to respond and mitigate the harm of this novel coronavirus. The emergency proclamation reinforces that this is not business as usual. We must be confident that our local response efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of Marin residents. This declaration gives us more tools to better respond.